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Maker(s):Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Culture:Italian (1591 - 1666)
Title:Two Figures: Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:Pen and dark brown ink (iron-gall) and brush and brown wash on beige laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 7 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.; 18.5738 x 24.765 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1949.16.2
Credit Line:Purchased

religion; old testament; bible - Jewish; man; woman; figurative

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Amanda Manocherian, class of 2015:

Guercino was one of the most accomplished and prolific draftsmen of the Italian Baroque. He had a flair for dramatic lighting and composition and utilized bold brushwork and chiaroscuro to create energetic and accessible images. Most of his drawings were studies done in pen, ink, and wash, and were used to work out the compositions of his paintings. This drawing is presumably the earliest in a sequence of preparatory studies for a painting of Elijah Resuscitating the Shunammite’s Son, commissioned in 1633, now in the Arcivescovado, Milan (seen below).

man; woman; biblical

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